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Stop blocking driveways

I recently saw Mark Serbousek, head of the city of Spokane Street Department, on TV, saying that they used to have boots on the graders to clear driveways of snow but it was too costly and time consuming.

When I worked for the Street Department in 1988, the city had 16 graders equipped with boots. Plow teams consisted of one plow truck, which took the snow from the center of the street, followed by a grader with a boot to clear driveways. Extra people were brought in from the Sewer, Water and Field Engineer departments to help with the Condition Red full city plow.

All city streets could be plowed and driveways cleared in four days. Due to increases in our utility bills and property taxes, we deserve to have our driveways cleared the way they used to be. What are the elderly, single moms, widows and the physically handicapped people supposed to do with the mountain of ice that was left in their driveway?

Please call, write and email the mayor and City Council and demand that our driveways not be left with these icebergs. Maybe it’s time for a march on City Hall.

Rick Johnson


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